el·​der·​care | \ˈel-dər-ˌker \
variants: or elder care

Definition of eldercare 

: the care of older adults and especially the care of an older parent by a son or daughter

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The fastest-growing areas of work include retail, restaurants, hospital staff, hotel, childcare and eldercare, however, these areas of work tend to pay very little. miamiherald, "Influencers set their priorities for Florida, Floridians," 18 June 2018 Roseanne and Jackie argued over it in the premiere, then negotiated eldercare for their mother. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "It Was ‘Roseanne’ vs. ‘Roseanne,’ in a Polarizing Revival," 22 May 2018 In mid-2013, less than a year after the storm, Cayre spent $4.5 million on the Harlem parking lot where Arcis now stands and an adjacent property housing a childcare and eldercare center. Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, Longreads, "Tax-Free Storage Wars," 29 May 2018 But the main reason eldercare AI is being researched is that people themselves are not willing to [care for the elderly]. Larry Greenemeier, Scientific American, "So, Umm, Google Duplex’s Chatter Is Not Quite Human," 17 May 2018 One option is to hire a reputable professional — often called a geriatric care manager or eldercare navigator/coordinator. sandiegouniontribune.com, "Tips for long-distance caregivers," 24 Apr. 2018 Metcalf revels in the gallows humor of an eldercare companion who has emptied one too many bedpans. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Glenda Jackson steals the show in a thrilling, emotionally affecting 'Three Tall Women' on Broadway," 30 Mar. 2018 This is one of the most painful dilemmas of eldercare. Robin Abrahams, BostonGlobe.com, "Advice: My parents are angry that I told them they need to stop driving," 27 Feb. 2018 And that caregiving falls largely on women, who comprise the majority of the 44 million unpaid eldercare-givers, according to O'Donnell's report. Chelsea Brasted, NOLA.com, "As parents age, women largely hit with managing eldercare -- but everyone pays: report," 18 Feb. 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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el·​der·​care | \ˈel-dər-ˌka(ə)r, -ˌke(ə)r \

Medical Definition of eldercare 

: the care of older persons and especially the care of an older parent by a son or daughter

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